This HD F-14 Clip is So Good, It Could Be Top Gun 2 Footage
I don’t know about you, but I sure miss the F-14 Tomcat. It’s a shame that they only nation flying them today is Iran. With its many beautiful lines and curves, the F-14 Tomcat is arguably one of the most visually appealing aircrafts ever designed. This footage helps us avgeeks remember the good ‘ole days of Naval aviation.
The Tomcat was manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation in 1970 for the Viet Nam war. The F-14 first flew in December of 1970. The aircraft was introduced to the U.S. Navy in 1974. The F-14 has also also participated in the war between Iran and Iraq. Production was discontinued in 1991, with a total of 712 units built, at a unit cost (as of 1998) of 38 million dollars per aircraft. The F-14 was retired by the United States Navy in 2006.
About the F-14 Tomcat:
The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic twin engine, two seater fighter aircraft. The cockpit has two tandem style seats. The flight controls themselves are a hybrid of analog and digital devices, making for a bulky avionics system. The aircraft also has a bubble canopy for 360 degree viewing. Plus, it has variable geometry wings that swing automatically during flight to change speed. The F-14 was designed to combat the highly maneuverable aircraft of the Soviet Air Force and Navy.